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  • Ref no: GLA06128
  • Published: 16/3/2020
  • Closes: 5/4/2020
  • Location: 38 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1LH
  • Salary: £66,117.53 - £76,646.43 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Description

Are you a Finance professional with demonstrable experience at a senior level with an interest in culture, sport and heritage?

As one of Scotland’s largest charities, Glasgow Life is at the heart of transforming lives and communities in Glasgow and promoting our city to a global audience. Bursting with energy, passion and personality, Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse and one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic centres. We’re a UNESCO City of Music and one of the world’s top five sporting cities. We’re home to world-class museums, arts spaces and a rich architectural heritage. Our outstanding events and festivals are recognised globally and we’re a first choice tourism destination, welcoming more than two million visitors every year.

Every day, Glasgow Life’s 3,000 passionate staff and volunteers provide the support, inspiration and opportunity for Glasgow’s citizens to access the services that matter most to them. Working across museums, the arts, music, sport, events, festivals, libraries, community facilities, and physical activity, learning and heritage programmes; the scale and reach of our activity makes a real and positive impact on the lives of Glasgow’s residents and creates unforgettable experiences for our visitors.

We are recruiting a Head of Finance and Procurement, to join our team of dedicated staff and volunteers. You will be responsible for leading Glasgow Life’s Finance and Procurement teams ensuring that Glasgow Life maintains strong financial management, underpinned by effective financial controls, ensuring effective stewardship of resources in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements. You will be responsible for ensuring the development of, commitment to and implementation of finance and procurement strategies and processes which support the delivery of Glasgow Life’s Strategic Plan and future vision.

To be successful in this role you'll be CCAB qualified (or equivalent) and have demonstrable leadership and operational management experience within a complex and diverse organisation delivering excellent business and customer focussed service. You'll have strong technical accounting skills in a range of financial areas, including financial planning, financial accounts, capital programme, treasury and risk management as well as specialised knowledge of finance policies e.g. budgetary control, annual accounts and capital planning guidelines. A strong track record of problem solving and solid analytical skill capability to look at and find creative solutions for a variety of operational challenges is essential, as well as the ability to lead, motivate and manage professionals and teams through service improvement and performance management.

With Glasgow Life being a charitable organisation, it is essential that you have an understanding of public sector and charity governance arrangements. You'll be commercially aware and able to apply commercial principles to ‘not for profit sector’. Your communication skills will be second to none enabling you to engage effectively with Board Members, Elected Members and external organisations. You'll be decisive and resilient and able to adapt quickly to complex situations and problems in addition to showing leadership level corporate judgment skills and applying them in a considered and pragmatic manner.
We believe in the transformational power of the services we provide for the citizens and visitors of Glasgow, and if you want to be a part of it, we’d love to hear from you.

Interviews will be held on 23rd or 24th of April 2020.

If you would like to have an informal and confidential chat about this vacancy please contact Jan Buchanan, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, on 0141 302 2807.


The advertised salary range will increase by 3% in April 2020 in line with the agreed pay award. In return, we can offer you a finance role with scale, variety and complexity as well as a range of generous employee benefits.

Application Packs

Alternative Application Packs can be requested in other formats for example, Large Print, Braille, Audio and other languages. To request an alternative Application Pack please phone 0141 287 1054.

Packs will be posted out to you within 3 working days of receiving your telephone request.

Please note the closing date of the job advert to ensure that you give yourself plenty of time to complete your application form and return it to us.

Further Information

For further information about working for us please refer to our website

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